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FreshDV Follow Focus System Reviews

A detailed look at 10 popular follow focus units

Matt Jeppsen of FreshDV Demonstrates 10 Popular Follow Focus Units on our test RigFreshDV’s full review of five popular follow focus units was first printed in the October 2007 issue of DV Magazine. It included reviews of the Chrosziel, Cinetech, Redrock Micro, Petroff, and Indifocus units. Shortly thereafter we published detailed video reviews. Since then, we’ve continued the series with reviews of the Shoot35 SGFollow Focus, ARRI’s MFF-1 and MFF-4 units, Zacuto’s Z-Focus Flippable, and Cinevate’s Durus unit. We’ve also reviewed the Bartech BFD remote wireless follow focus system. And as manufacturers release new products and updates we will continue to keep this video review resource current.

In these video clips, we walk the viewer through the major features of each follow focus system, mount the units to our test rigs, measure gear lash, and finally use them to drive a lens. There is no silver bullet…each unit we tested has unique strengths and weaknesses, and we encourage you to view each of these videos and look for a system that meets your unique needs and requirements.

You can view the video reviews in the following playlist. You may also be interested in our informative three-part series on the role of a First AC and Focus Puller, also embedded in the playlist linked below.


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Matt Jeppsen is a DoP based in Sydney. Reel and contact info at www.mattjeppsen.com
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